Whenever visitors see the historic auditorium of the Royal Opera House for the first time, it always amazes them.
Built in 1858 after the previous theatre burnt down, its splendid period character has been wonderfully preserved ever since. There are the rich red curtains of the stage, the stunning ceiling (which now hides very modern technology), the glittering gold of the proscenium arch, and the red and gold lights which replaced the old gas lamps! And enveloping it all is the historic atmosphere of a great world theatre alongside a dynamic working theatre of today. Now visitors can enjoy a special tour of the auditorium that focuses on the architecture and the story of the current theatre. Hear stories of the famous opera singers who have taken centre stage. See the Royal Retiring Room, still used by our Royal Patrons today.
This tour starts at the back of the Upper Amphitheatre, which is the highest part of the auditorium. Anyone who suffers from vertigo or who is unaccustomed to heights should be aware of this and reconsider attending before booking a ticket.
As the Royal Opera House is a fully working theatre, each tour is a unique experience and varies according to what is available on the day. Please remember that you are visiting a working theatre and plans may change at short notice.
Please note this tour does not enter the backstage areas of the Royal Opera House.
Important information about your tour
Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult and have their own ticket.
Looking to have this tour all to your yourself as private experience for you and your group? Or perhaps you need this tour run in a different language? We can offer bespoke private tours. Send your requirements to email@example.com.
Your tour ticket entitles you to 10% off at ROH Shop and café on the day of your tour. Simply present your ticket at the checkout.
The Royal Opera House is a large building with lengthy corridors and many stairs. Expect to walk and stand for the duration of the tour. Where possible, certain stops in the tour will happen where visitors can sit down, but this cannot be guaranteed since we are a working theatre and the tour routes can vary. If we know in advance, all tours are fully accessible to wheelchair users, those with reduced mobility or any another disability – so we can have the right support in place for you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org after you book your tour and we will make the necessary arrangements